Although the “T” in IMTS stands for “technology,” even the most sophisticated, automated manufacturing operations need the right people to succeed. Among the Smartforce Student Summit’s new features this year is a career fair that matches older students with manufacturers seeking apprentices and/or entry-level employees. Learn more at imts.com/student.
But a manufacturer’s skills gap challenge doesn’t end with finding the right employees. Consider that an engaged employee is a happy employee, and there’s nothing more engaging than a show like IMTS. If you can afford to send more than just higher-ups to the big show, consider maximizing that engagement by leaving time open for employees to explore on their own.
Who knows what unfamiliar processes or technology might never be discovered while focusing only on what you already think is best for your shop. At the very least, free-roaming attendees can expect an education, renewed enthusiasm for manufacturing and a fresh perspective that extends beyond the walls of their own shops.